Recently by Mark Steyn: Our Own Greek Tragedy
At the time of writing, I have no idea whos won the British general election. At the time of reading, you probably have. But, whatever the result, I doubt it will make much difference to the fate of the United Kingdom, which is in the fast lane of the not-so-slow-burn bonfire of the liberties consuming much of the Western world.
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The official defining moment of the campaign was Gordon Browns unguarded post-photo-op dismissal of Gillian Duffy as a bigoted woman. Mrs. Duffy, a plain-spoken working-class granny and lifelong Labour voter, had made the mistake of asking Mr. Brown, her party leader, a very mild question about immigrants from eastern Europe. He got back in his car and wrote her off, forgetting he was still miked. So shes a bigot. Hes not. Thats why he makes all the decisions for her, and she just makes the best of them. What part of that dont you understand?
The other defining moment got less coverage. Another pensioner, 74-year-old Roy Newman, got sick of the various party hacks knocking on his door and put a sign up in his front window: GET THE LOT OUT. Ninety minutes later, two police officers arrived at his home to arrest him for racism.
Racism? Why, yes. His sign was a piece of white card with red and blue lettering. Red-white-and-blue, geddit? The colours of the Union Jack. If using the same colour scheme as the national flag isnt coded racism, I dont know what is. Mr. Newman was prevailed upon to alter some of the letters to yellow, thereby diminishing the racist subtext.
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With bigotry and racism running rampant, it was inevitable that homophobia would raise its ugly head. Dale McAlpine, a practising (wait for it) Christian, was handing out leaflets in the town of Workington and chit-chatting with shoppers when he was arrested on a public order charge by police officer Sam Adams (no relation), a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community outreach officer. Mr. McAlpine said homosexuality is a sin. Im gay, said Officer Adams. Well, its still a sin, said Mr. McAlpine. So Officer Adams arrested him for causing distress to Officer Adams.
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In fairness, I should add that Mr. McAlpine was also arrested for causing distress to members of the public more generally, rather than just the aggrieved gay constable. No member of the public actually complained, but, as Officer Adams pointed out, Mr. McAlpine was talking in a loud voice that might be overheard by others. And we cant have that, can we? So he was fingerprinted, DNA-sampled and tossed in the cells for seven hours.
The other day, upholding the sacking of a black Christian for declining to provide sex therapy lessons to gay couples, Lord Justice Laws ruled that law for the protection of a position held purely on religious grounds is irrational, divisive, capricious, arbitrary. Actually its the law of Lord Justice Laws that is increasingly irrational, divisive, capricious, arbitrary. Or as George Orwell, in Animal Farm, formulated it: all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. In the land of Laws, a gay is more equal than a Christian. A Muslim is more equal than anybody. A black man is more equal than a white man, unless the white man is gay and the black man a Christian. An eco-zealot is more equal than an Anglican. Not long before Lord Justice Laws decision on the irrationality of legal protection for Christianity, Tim Nicholson, a Head of Sustainability fired for questioning his property management groups environmental policies, sued for wrongful dismissal under Employment Equality (Religion And Beliefs) Regulations. He wound up with the best part of one hundred thousand pounds after Mr. Justice Burton ruled that Mr. Nicholsons faith in anthropogenic global warming was a philosophical belief on a par with religion. So the Employment Equality (Religion And Beliefs) Law protects belief in apocalyptic climate change but not in Jesus.
May 19, 2010